Paris - Airbus plans the first transatlantic flight with the A321LR. Today (February 13), the prototype MSN7877 will take off from Paris Le Bourget for New York JFK for a test flight. The long-haul flight is part of a test campaign for which Airbus plans around 30 take-offs and 100 flight hours.
The A321LR is based on the ACF platform with modified door positions and new emergency exits. Up to three additional tanks and 97 tons of maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) help the LR reach 4,000 miles.
The prototype is equipped with CFM LEAP 1A engines, but the European aircraft manufacturer also offers the A321LR with Pratt & Whitney engines.
According to Airbus, the A321LR can accommodate up to 206 long-haul passengers and already has 100 orders. The first aircraft will go to Portuguese flag carrier TAP. The launch company ordered 14 A321LR. The delivery of the first aircraft is expected in November 2018.
There are many talks about the middle of the market, we already occupied it,said A320 program chief Klaus Röwe.
The A321 Long Range combines the efficiency of a standard full-body aircraft with the capabilities of a long-haul aircraft,he added.